Japanese race car driver who became a British Formula Three, Formula Three Masters and Macau Grand Prix champion. He was named National Racing Driver of the Year in 2001.
He was born in Tokyo and made his professional racing debut at the All-Japan Formula Three in 1998.
He is the first driver from Japan to win an IndyCar race.
He married a woman named Chiharu.
He and Gordon Shedden are both winners of Autosport's National Driver of the Year award.